Frank Kavilanz has been named Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at NowThis News. Mr. Kavilanz joins the start-up video news network, which recently announced partnership deals with MSN and The Atlantic, from NBC News, where he was the vice president of strategy and partnership for the past year. Last April, Mr. Kavilanz went to NBC News from ABC, where he had been for the previous five years.
“I am delighted to be joining a talented team of investors, advisers and journalists committed to building the definitive video news network for the mobile and social media generation,” Mr. Kavilanz said. “I look forward to partnering with the media, technology and advertiser communities to reimagine how we service this desirable audience and evolve the economics of the business.”
NowThis News, which launched in September, is a video news network founded by Huffington Post vets Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau, which makes short, original videos and is looking to reinvent video news for the digital generation via social networks and startegic partnerships with legacy publications like The Atlantic and online sites like BuzzFeed and Mashable. When they launched in September, they lured in some bigs names such as former CNN chief Eason Jordan, former ABC News Digital exec Ed O’Keefe and former Washington Post online news chief Katharine Zaleski.
Mr. Kavilanz is “phenomenally talented and well connected, a superstar who will accelerate NowThis News’s growth and revenues,” said NowThis News General Manager Eason Jordan, in the hiring announcement.